Philippine Air Force (PAF) is likely to take delivery of the first of the six A-29 Super Tucano light attack and advanced training aircraft from Embraer in 2019. Super Tucano was selected as part of the PAF’s ongoing modernization plan after a comprehensive public bidding process participated by several manufacturers from around the globe and complying with the stringent evaluation processes. The aircraft will be deployed for close air support, light attack, surveillance, air-to-air interception, and counterinsurgency missions.
“Once the delivery of these aircraft is completed, they will be turned over to and maintained by the 15th Strike Wing, the PAF’s end-user,” says Jackson Schneider, president and CEO of Embraer Defence & Security. “The Super Tucano is the best light attack aircraft in the market and we are confident that it will accomplish with excellence the missions it was selected for,” Schneider adds.
The A-29 Super Tucano is capable of carrying out a wide range of missions, even operating from unimproved runways. To date, the Super Tucano has been selected by 14 air forces worldwide. The Philippine Air Force currently relies on US surplus OV-10 planes for its bombing attacks against insurgents.